January 18, 2017 looking at January 20, 2017

You know, I woke up this morning and while it wasn’t my very first thought, one of the first few was: “I need to write a blog post today.”

But about what?

I have a few planned for later this month/going into next, but today, I am a blank canvas who can’t stop thinking about one thing. The inauguration where we will officially allow an individual I don’t believe fits any of the requirements to lead a nation, into an office of power and influence.

Even though this is one of the most pressing weights on my mind right now, I don’t know what to say. This may be in part because I’m still sick, (ugh will it never end?) but I also don’t think I have the vocabulary to express the deep pain, fear, sadness, and horror I feel as the time draws closer.

I’ve (obviously) been able to pull myself out of the near-catatonic state I was in the days following the election, but it’s always close to the surface and I didn’t have the right words for what I felt then either. Language, while very freeing and an amazing way to open yourself up to others, express ideas, and explore new concepts, is also incredibly stifling when it comes to feelings because despite the hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, there still isn’t a right one for the way I feel right now, or the way I’ll feel on Friday, or the way I felt two months ago.

And I don’t want to presume, but I have a feeling there are a lot of people who feel the same way. So to you, the others who are feeling something but may not have words for it, or that feeling may be too strong and powerful for words: I love you and we can get through this.

J.K. Rowling gets a lot of hate, (some of it justified and some if it not) but this will always be one of my favorite quotes from her and so today I will leave it with you:

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Love and blessings to you all,

Julie

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Hi. I want to start off by saying this is not a post that is meant to try and get you to vote for one candidate or the other. By now, if you’re a responsible voter, you know the issues and you know that no mater how many candidates we have – on election day, (due to the fact that the majority of people will only vote within their party lines) two options: Trump or Clinton.

So why waste my time? I have homework to do and me listing facts that you already know in a different way isn’t going to change your mind about who you’re voting for.

That being said, this, (again if you’re a responsible/conscientious voter) should terrify you. Trump is a suspected pedophile and completely unqualified to be president and Hillary is a white feminist war hawk.

There is something that is almost scarier to me though, (surprise, right?).

I’m scared because, once again, the presidential race has almost completely obscured the importance of voting for the best Congress. Let’s be real for a minute – Congress has a hell of a lot of power, our entire political system is designed so that, (theoretically) there is equal power with the president, the congress, and the judicial system. If we, (lord help us) have Trump for a president, I sure as anything don’t want a Republican congress helping him take away rights from literally every group other than well-off, white, straight, cis, Christian, able-bodied people.

Please vote, not only for our president, but for our congress and our local leaders, (yes they’re important too!). If there’s a box to check on the ballot, I implore that you check it and even before the time comes to vote, prepare yourself through education and research to make the best choice that fits with your ideals. But while you do this, I also ask, no, I beg of you to please think of every group that will be influenced by your decision, including, but not limited to:

dis/differently-abled people, non-white people (especially immigrants), Muslim people (& people who aren’t Christian/Catholic), transgender people (especially those who need medication and hormones to maintain who they are), mentally ill people, poor people, gay/queer people, black peoplenative/indigenous people, and any variation/combination thereof.

That’s all I ask, not that you vote the same way that I do, or the way that everyone is screaming at you to, or even the way your parents/family/friends do: just think before you vote and exercise your right to influence the fate of this country.

-Julie

(ps I will not be engaging with any blank vs blank political discourse in the comments – I don’t have time for that headache but I wish you all the best).